Why You Dont Want Your Children Vaccinated At School
WELLESLEY, Mass. —
Local school staffers who were supposed to be vaccinated against the H1N1 flu were mistakenly given a dose of insulin instead, NewsCenter 5 has learned.
NewsCenter 5′s Rhondella Richardson reported that several staffers at Wellesley’s Schofield School got insulin shots during a flu shot clinic at the school on Friday.
Somehow six staffers mistakenly received a shot of insulin, not the vaccine, the school said.
Although the vaccine was dropped off at the school by the Wellesley Department of Health, health officials said the insulin was not shipped with the vaccines, adding the department doesn’t even have access to insulin.
On Monday, Wellesley Superintendent of Schools Bella Wong and Schofield Principal David Wilkins sent a letter home to Schofield parents, addressing how the insulin arrived at the school.
“We are writing to confirm that the source of the insulin mistakenly given to staff on January 15 was from the supply of insulin ordinarily held in school to be used by specific individual Schofield students as needed. The families of each of these students have now been contacted and informed of this. This insulin does not come from the Wellesley Health Department, but is supplied by the families themselves,” the letter read.
Wong had sent a note home to parents and faculty on Sunday, saying: “These staff were cautioned to report to a medical facility to be monitored for necessary support at any sign of symptoms that a drop in blood sugar would cause. It is, without a doubt, most fortunate that any impacted staff that did receive insulin in error did not come to greater harm as might have happened when they became ill.”
Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, can be dangerous for anyone who has extra insulin when they don’t need it for medical reasons, experts said.
Monday’s letter indicated that the staff person who administered the insulin to staff has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an ongoing investigation.
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